Financial Aid & Scholarships

Investing in the future

CVA acknowledges cost is a factor for every family considering an independent education, and therefore we take a proactive approach to educate families about the financial commitment.


  • Carrabassett Valley Academy does not discriminate based upon race, color, or national and ethnic origin in the admission of students or in the awarding of financial aid/scholarships. Decisions about acceptance and financial aid/scholarships are made separately and independently.
  • CVA awards financial aid based upon demonstrated need. Scholarships are awarded on factors other than need.
  • CVA makes awards to those returning financial aid/scholarship students who are eligible before granting awards to new applicants.
  • All students receiving financial aid/scholarships must reapply every year they are at CVA to continue to receive awards.
  • CVA financial aid/scholarship awards are applied only toward the cost of tuition, room, and board.
  • Currently over 55% of CVA families receive financial aid/scholarships.

Smart Aid

Smart Aid assists schools in determining need through a standardized application and computation process in order to most equitably assess a family’s ability to pay for a private education. The role of Smart Aid is to make a recommendation to CVA of the family’s ability to pay based on the information a family provides. The Financial Aid Committee makes the decision on whether to award aid and also determines the amount to be awarded in the form of grants.

Families applying for scholarships must also complete the Smart Aid application. When completing the application, on the first page to create an account it asks for an ‘access code’ and says ‘some schools give parents an access code to sign up with’. Our school code is not an access code so leave that empty. Page three of the application (after parent info and student info) is where applicants will enter our school code 14570 to connect the application to CVA.
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We sincerely look forward to working with you

Please contact our Director of Enrollment for more information and to begin the application process or call 207-237-4466.